Out of my Mind

Rated 4.00/5 based on 1 reviews
This is a collection of short stories, some true, often reflecting aspects of my early upbringing in rural Nelson, New Zealand. The rest are from my imaginings - 'out of my mind'. There are ten stories in this book and a further ten in the second, 'Further Out'. A third book isn't 'Far Out'.

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Words: 10,200
Language: English (New Zealand dialect)
ISBN: 9781301366804
About Rose Conroy

I like to write. I write about things I see, things that happen, things that happened to me. I have had a happy life, and am still enjoying it, with my wonderful husband, a talented photographer. My life sounds boring, doesn't it!
I grew up on a farm, a tobacco farm, shock, horror, and I am not a world traveller, except in my mind. I am unfashionably lacking in ambition, but I have lots of interests that I pursue, around the home. I do portraits of people with interesting faces.
At sixty, I live in a smallish city in New Zealand and work part time.

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Review by: Halliday Smith on May 11, 2013 :
The two things that caught my attention about this little book were its inventive name and attractive contemplative cover. On the inside, it’s an eclectic ‘sandwich’ of vividly described fragments of the author’s past interspersed with short stories and gritty observations of everyday life.

Set in the top end of the South Island of New Zealand, ‘Out of my Mind’ turns its attention to the everyday staples of the life in the rural hinterland - the cruelty of siblings, senseless bullying, keeping shop, putting up with house guests, the vulnerability of the elderly, and so on.

While some pieces come across as jotted down notes to self about a possible story concept, Rose Conroy’s evocative descriptions lift her writing in others, for example, the ‘ . . . muddy monster thrashed through the guardian willows along its banks and eyed the terrace where our houses stood . . . ’ as she recalls the ‘big flood’ of 1957. And ‘Goat Gratitude’ splendidly documents a herd of ecstatic goats enacting a ‘perfectly choreographed routine, not a hoof out of place’ to honour an act of kindness.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

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